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Halliburton Prepares To Serve More Than 170,000 Troops Thanksgiving Dinner In Middle East, Central Asia


HOUSTON, Texas –While Americans prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving Day with family reunions and large amounts of turkey and dressing, Halliburton (NYSE:HAL) is also planning to serve a Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings to the troops currently deployed in the Middle East and Central Asia.

“Halliburton strives every day to make the troops feel closer to home,” said Dave Lesar, chairman, president and chief executive officer, Halliburton, “and that’s especially true on a day like Thanksgiving. We are thankful for the sacrifices made by our troops and their families, and we’re also thankful for our employees and the many other civilian contractors who are away from their loved ones during the holidays.”

As part of its Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP III) contract, Halliburton subsidiary KBR prepares meals and provides other vital life support services for the troops on a daily basis. But Thanksgiving Day is special, and the KBR food service staff goes the extra mile to make it memorable.

“Our goal is to serve the troops a Thanksgiving Day meal they won’t forget. It’s our way of showing how much we appreciate their service and sacrifices,” said John Young, KBR’s theater food service manager for the Middle East.

Dinner for Extended Family
Planning for the holiday meal began months ago and has called on the specialized and award-winning talents of the entire KBR food service staff, responsible for overseeing nearly 90 dining facilities across Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan and Djibouti. On Thanksgiving Day, KBR plans to serve approximately:

* 300,000 pounds of turkey
* 150,000 pounds of boneless ham
* 50,000 pounds of stuffing
* 10,000 pounds of mashed potatoes
* 15,000 pounds of cranberry sauce
* 10,000 gallons of eggnog
* 30,000 pies

Other menu items will vary from site to site and may include a medley of fresh fruits, salads, vegetable dishes and homemade baked goods.

In addition to overseeing meal preparations, food service managers at each dining facility are also encouraged to create uniquely themed holiday decorations, most of which must be made from scratch and double as food displays.

“Our Thanksgiving Day preparations involve more than just serving up the traditional holiday meal. We go ‘all out’ to make the dining facilities festive and fun. That’s why we encourage our food service staff to apply their talents and be as creative as possible,” Young added.

KBR’s food service staff across the Middle East region have applied their talents to create decorations using custom-made sugar-cube sculptures, ice carvings, intricately carved melons, decorated turkeys, gingerbread-house villages and special lighting to give each dining facility a special touch.

Proud to Support our Troops
For the past three years, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the troops deployed in the Middle East and Central Asia, the Halliburton team has supported the U.S. military every step of the way. The company’s team is comprised of civilians who voluntarily place themselves in a dangerous environment to make our troops feel a little closer to home. Many sign up because they feel they make a difference to U.S. soldiers and the Iraqi people.

Halliburton, founded in 1919, is one of the world’s largest providers of products and services to the petroleum and energy industries. The company serves its customers with a broad range of products and services through its Energy Services Group and KBR. Visit the company’s World Wide Web site at


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